SPARKS, Md. — US Lacrosse today announced that Summit Lacrosse Ventures has joined the US Lacrosse tournament sanctioning program as a pilot and that T3 Lacrosse has upgraded from pilot to full status.
The moves effect 16 youth lacrosse tournaments as part of the national governing body’s initiative to raise the quality of the event experience and publicize those that meet operational criteria developed by US Lacrosse and industry experts.
“We are excited to welcome Summit Lacrosse Ventures and to elevate T3 Lacrosse in our sanctioning program,” JP Fischer, sanctioning manager at US Lacrosse, said. “The more tournaments that participate, the more high-quality options will be available for youth teams and families.”
Summit Lacrosse Ventures operates 11 youth tournaments, each of which will be a pilot for 2019.
“On behalf of Summit Lacrosse Ventures, we are proud to partner with US Lacrosse to sanction our scholastic events in 2019, and to combine our 30 years of operating history with the objectives of our sport’s national governing body, which align closely with our mission to provide participants with high quality, safe, reliable, and valuable lacrosse experiences,” Ashley Gersuk Murphy, CEO of Summit Lacrosse Ventures, said.
“We believe that US Lacrosse will bolster our efforts to grow the game within SLV’s principles of competition, camaraderie, and respect. Ultimately, together, we strive to inspire the next generation of student-athlete leaders.”
Five T3 Lacrosse tournaments, pilot events in 2018, move to full status next year.
“We are so pleased to be a part of the US Lacrosse efforts to sanction tournaments,” Jan Madura, marketing strategist at T3 Lacrosse, said. “The mission to provide a safe and consistent competitive environment for all players aligns nicely with the T3 mission of providing an exceptional overall experience for all participating teams and their families.”
Sanctioned tournaments have been deemed by the sport’s national governing body to meet best-practice standards in five categories: venue, game format, risk management, tournament administration, and certified US Lacrosse officials. The pilot phase represents a one-year transition period to full tournament sanctioning by US Lacrosse.